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Mountain Bike Clothes & Gear



Please download and review the packing list above. If you conclude that you are missing some equipment and clothing we have prepared this webpage in affiliation with Performance, Nashbar, Patagonia, REI, Backcountry and Altrec Outdoors to help you select and purchase gear for your trip. This following examples will also serve to show you what we feel is the "ideally outfitted" mountain biker for the conditions you will encounter in Patagonia, Chile. Whatever gear you decide to bring with you keep in mind that the Futaleufu valley is a rugged and remote destination that will test your clothing & equipment. Durability and reliability are key in determining what items to take. If something breaks and needs to be replaced you likely won't be able to do it in Chile. As of August 2005 all of the items listed below were in stock. In some cases these links will take you directly to the item pictured and others will bring you to the storefront in which you can find them. Try to place orders with these websites at least a few weeks beforehand in case of the need to exchange items or in case of back orders.

When it rains in Patagonia it really rains. Our storms come directly off the Southern Pacific and lose most of their moisture before reaching the Argentine border. You will want to have a good rain jacket in case the weather turns ugly. Check out these high visibility jackets from Patagonia, Gore and Garneau.




To complement the jacket waterproof breathable rain pants will also be a requirement. These can be worn on and off the bike and make a great defense if you encounter any chilly intervals on the trip.




On cold days you will want wear something under your rain jacket. Polartec fleece pullovers are ideal for this and can also be worn as stand-alone sweaters when it is not so cold.



 
You can expect much of the weather to be warm and sunny especially if you are riding in Argentina. Coolmax or other synthetic materials that are easy to wash and dry quickly. We recommend subdued non-flashy colors and patterns so you don't become the center of attention. It also allows them to be easily worn off the bike as casual wear.




Nylon or synthetic shorts wear well and dry quickly after getting wet. We recommend the Mountain Bike variety that can be worn on and off the bike. If you prefer the traditional spandex short be sure to bring a pair of walking shorts to wear over them when off the bike.




Mid or light weight Capilene, polypro or synthetic under shirts will be your best defense against the morning and evening chill.




A set of arm and leg warms are easy to pack and carry and allow a rider to quickly adjust to changing temperatures. They are a great solution if you don'y want to pack along a full tight.




Don't forget to pack along a few pairs of traditional riding socks. These are easy wash and dry quickly when wet.




We recommend that riders bring their own cycling shoes and pedals if the so desire. There are just to many pedal and cleat systems for us to satisfy all riders. Bringing your own will guarantee a pedal system that you are used to. We prefer the all terrain MTB type of shoes that will be comfortable off the bike as well as on. If you go with the more traditional racing shoe be sure to pack along a pair of sandals or light weight walking shoes.



If you have an older set mountain biking shoes don't forget to restore the weather proofing before you come. It is almost guaranteed they will get wet. We even recommend treating new shoes.




For off the bike sandals are the perfect footwear. Check out the latest offerings from Chaco, Teva and Merrell. If you are planning on doing some additional hiking on your vacation plan on taking a light to middle weight boot. Don't forget the socks.




For off the bike coolmax or other synthetic materials are the best choice. They easy to wash and dry quickly.




Nylon or synthetic shorts wear well and dry quickly after getting wet. The North Face makes a long pant version that is perfect for cooler nights and to keep the bugs away.




Sunglasses are essential items for Chile to protect your eyes from the wind and sun. Make sure your sunglasses have 100% UVA and UVB protection.




Hydration is important in Patagonia, especially when doing something as strenuous as mountain biking. We found a really useful combination day pack and hydration system from Camelbak. With this system you will have a place to store your essential gear and water without having to deal with two systems.




Expediciones Chile provides bicycle helmets but many riders prefer to bring their own for fit and comfort. On rainy days some riders may want to bring along a helmet cover to go with their rain jacket.



 
The sun is very intense in Patagonia, Chile - much more so than in the Northern Hemisphere. Make sure you come prepared. We recommend a waterproof sun screen, a zinc oxide sun block cream and a lip balm.




Patagonia is a pristine ecological environment. While spending time with us we ask that our guests try to preserve the environment as much as possible by using biodegradable products. We recommend Dr. Bronners and other similar soaps and shampoos for our camp.



 
You will need a flashlight for finding your way in the dark. A headlamp allows you to keep your hands free to carry other items or do other things that a simple flashlight does not. They also can double as a headlamp when riding at night. Make sure you pack extra batteries and a spare bulb.




If you are bringing a tent down to Chile make sure it is a three season with a full rainfly. Tents without a full fly just don't stand up to the weather. The days and nights in Patagonia can be beautiful but when the weather turns the rain can be intense. We recommend tents with double walls to keep out the wet. Below are some tents that we thought would work well in our region.




Before your trip make sure that your tent is fully waterproofed and seam sealed. We recommend weatherproofing even brand new tents. If yours has not been done in a few seasons it is worth the time to recoat it to make sure you don't end up spending the week in a leaky tent.




For sleeping bags we recommend synthetic fill bags over down fill. Patagonia is a wet region that can cause down to attract moisture and compress causing loss of loft. The bags we found most comfortable are those rated between 35 - 50 degrees.




We like the lightweight ThermaRest because of its compactness, portability, warmth and comfort.


   
Waterproof single person bivy sacks can be a great option for those who like to sleep under the stars. If you elect to go the bivy option we recommend you bring an extra large rain tarp to throw over the bivy incase of a prolonged storm.



 



Expediciones Chile provides first class adventure travel trips in Patagonia Chile. Try rafting Chile on the famous Futaleufu River. Torres del Paine, Cerro FitzRoy, and Las Glaciares trekking Patagonia trips. Horseback Riding Chile in the rugged mountains of the Patagonia Andes. Try mountain biking in Patagonia, Chile and Argentina. Kayak in Chile on the Futaleufu river. Sea kayaking in Patagonia from the Andes to the Ocean. Get kayak lessons at our kayak school or swift water rescue training on Chile’s greatest river. Fly fishing in Chile has never been better from our CondorNest fly fishing ranch or Lago Yelcho. Ski Argentina, Chile and Patagonia during the Summer. Eco tours and yoga adventure travel vacations. Get information on Patagonia seasons, maps and our secrets of Patagonia tour all from our website.

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